Alessandra Balbo

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Phagocytosis plays a major role in the defense of higher organisms against microbial infection and provides also the basis for antigen processing in the immune response. Cells of the model organism Dictyostelium are professional phagocytes that exploit phagocytosis of bacteria as the preferred way to ingest food, besides killing pathogens. We have(More)
Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 6 (eIF6), also termed p27BBP, is an evolutionary conserved regulator of ribosomal function. The protein is involved in maturation and/or export from the nucleus of the 60S ribosomal subunit. Regulated binding to and release from the 60S subunit also regulates formation of 80S ribosomes, and thus translation. The(More)
Dictyostelium amoebae are professional phagocytes, which ingest bacteria as the principal source of food. We have cloned the Dictyostelium homologue of human natural resistance-associated membrane protein 1 (Nramp1) [solute carrier family 11 member 1 (Slc11a1)], an endo-lysosomal membrane protein that confers on macrophages resistance to infection by a(More)
Adenosine is an endogenous antiaggregating substance that influences the platelet responses through specific A-type receptors that activate adenylate cyclase increasing the levels of 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). In this study, we investigated whether adenosine can also influence the levels of 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) and(More)
AIMS We have evaluated, in cultured human cavernosal smooth muscle cells, the expression and activity of calcium-dependent constitutive nitric oxide synthase (cNOS) and the ability of insulin to induce nitric oxide (NO) production and to increase intracellular cyclic nucleotides guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) and adenosine 3',5'-cyclic(More)
Data from mutant analysis in yeast and Dictyostelium indicate a role for the cyclase-associated protein (CAP) in endocytosis and vesicle transport. We have used genetic and biochemical approaches to identify novel interacting partners of Dictyostelium CAP to help explain its molecular interactions in these processes. Cyclase-associated protein associates(More)
Cell-cell signaling and adhesion regulate transition from the unicellular to the multicellular stage of development in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium. Essential gene networks involved in these processes have been identified and their interplay dissected. Heterotrimeric G protein-linked signal transduction plays a key role in regulating expression of(More)
In this study, we explored the ability of sodium nitroprusside to inhibit the aggregation of human platelets in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and whole blood and its effects on intracellular levels of guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) and adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP). The experiments investigated dose-dependent effects of nitroprusside(More)
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